Finest States To Go to In USA

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After spending 2.5 years on the street and visiting 28 completely different states, my household and I’ve created a lifetime of recollections. Each time I share my journey tales, folks typically ask two questions: “What’s your favourite state?” and “What state had been you cheerful to lastly go away?” 

Whereas I can shortly reply these questions, I’ve by no means put a lot thought into rating the very best states to go to in USA.

So why not do this in the present day? Let’s take a trip collectively and discover the 28 states I’ve visited. I’ll rank them from my favourite (the place I’d like to reside sometime) to my least favourite (the one you’ll by no means catch me in once more). Buckle up, and let’s get began!

1. Oregon

My favourite state, definitely, is Oregon. In case you’re an out of doors lover like we’re, Oregon has the whole lot. From the breathtaking views of Mt. Hood, the excessive desert, the Tillamook Rainforest, and the Pacific Shoreline, Oregon has a world of pure wonders.

I fell in love with Oregon throughout our first journey to Bend. Our go to to Lava Lands within the Deschutes Nationwide Forest was like nothing I’d ever seen.

Then, visiting Mt. Hood and spending time at Trillium Lake solely reaffirmed my love for the state.

And simply once I thought it couldn’t get any higher, we visited the Pacific Shoreline. From the sand dunes in Florence to Haystack Rock in Cannon Seashore, it’s not possible to disclaim Oregon’s pure magnificence.

When our full-time RV life is all completed, Oregon would be the state we name dwelling.

2. Washington 

I like Washington for most of the similar causes I like Oregon. In case you’re an out of doors lover, Washington is tough to beat. Luckily, it’s the northern neighbor of Oregon, so with only a few hour’s drive, you’ll be able to take pleasure in each states!

Visiting the Washington Coast marked my first time visiting the Pacific Ocean, one thing I by no means thought I’d be capable to do.

We additionally spent appreciable time close to Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. The views of these two mountains are one thing I’d by no means get used to. Washington was additionally the primary time I went cliff leaping, and I obtained to do it with my two adventurous boys! That makes the recollections even sweeter.

Washington additionally had glorious library programs, which is essential to us as we increase our boys.

3. New Mexico 

New Mexico was a really sudden favourite of ours. What was supposed to simply be a “stopover” state changed into a state we cherished.

Our first cease in New Mexico was Roswell. In case you don’t learn about Roswell, it’s the place the UFO incident happened in the summertime of 1947, when a rancher found unidentifiable particles in his sheep pasture.

So the city was stuffed with aliens, which the boys cherished! We visited the Worldwide UFO Museum & Analysis Middle, which was a blast! We additionally did a reasonably enjoyable “spacewalk” that made us really feel like we had been on a distinct planet.

Other than the out-of-this-world experiences in Roswell, we additionally cherished White Sands Nationwide Park, which, coincidentally, additionally makes you are feeling such as you’re on one other planet. I felt like Luke Skywalker exploring distant galaxies on the huge dunes of pure white sand.

However as an alternative of taking off within the Starship, we hopped on a sled and rocketed down the dunes. In case you’ve by no means thought-about visiting New Mexico, I extremely advocate it.

4. Utah

We solely stopped in two completely different locations in Utah, however that was sufficient for it to crack the highest 5. Our first cease in Utah was in a tiny little city that gave us some “hills have eyes” vibes, so I received’t name it by identify in case 1 of the 50 folks in that city find yourself studying this text.

However, our boondocking spot was on an deserted playground, so the boys had a blast opening the entrance door and stepping proper onto a playground. We additionally realized the historical past of the Historic Coke Ovens, which was an added bonus.

However the very best a part of Utah was boondocking at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In case you don’t know, the Salt Flats had been shaped when historical lake Lake Bonneville dried up. Now, this majestic panorama serves because the racing grounds for generations of land velocity racers from around the globe.

There’s nothing like getting your truck as much as 90mph on a speedway a few of the quickest vehicles in historical past have pushed on.

We additionally had a lot privateness and panoramic views of a few of America’s most lovely pure wonders.

5. California

Whereas Oregon is my favourite state, California is dwelling to my high two Nationwide parks. I’d by no means heard of Pinnacles Nationwide Park earlier than we visited, nevertheless it was a nice shock.

My favourite half was the cave trails. Pinnacles Nationwide Park has two essential cave areas: the Bear Gulch Caves, that are close to headquarters within the East District, and the Balconies Caves, that are close to the Chaparral Picnic Space within the West District. In case you’re ever on the town, be sure you take a look at each.

Yosemite is gorgeous past phrases. Significantly, nothing I write right here can do that nationwide park justice. In case you’re pondering of touring full-time, Yosemite HAS to be in your record of stops. 

In case you’re questioning concerning the energy and fantastic thing about Yosemite, it led Roosevelt to increase federal safety of Yosemite, and it impressed him to signal into existence 5 nationwide parks, 18 nationwide monuments, 55 nationwide chook sanctuaries and wildlife refuges, and 150 nationwide forests after visiting.

Yosemite Nationwide Park is an absolute must-visit for any out of doors lover.

6. Florida

The second time we obtained to Florida, we had no intention to depart. It’s the Sunshine State! No chilly climate, flip flops, and board shorts all yr. We completely cherished the Springs. Three Sisters Springs close to Crystal River, Florida, was our absolute favourite. We obtained to swim with Manatees!

We additionally noticed dolphins off the Gulf Coast and cherished spending time with the animals on the Hardee County Wildlife Refuge.

However, with the sunshine comes the warmth, and with Florida comes hurricanes. There’s nothing fairly like dodging a class 4 hurricane whereas towing your own home and the whole lot you personal behind you. One of many many challenges of RV life we confronted on the street!

And that results in insane insurance coverage costs within the state and intensely excessive total price of dwelling. So, regardless that Florida had its perks, we determined to pack the camper and preserve transferring.

7. Illinois

We went to Illinois for one motive – to see Superman. I’ve been a fan of the Man of Metal since Christopher Reeve made me imagine a person might fly many years in the past. On the southern finish of Illinois sits Metropolis, the house of Superman. 

And in Metropolis, IL is the Superman Museum

The museum is stuffed with collectibles and artifacts commemorating and honoring Superman in his varied varieties – books, comics, TV, films, and extra. In case you like the massive blue boy scout, you’ve obtained to go to Metropolis, Illinois.

8. Pennsylvania

We didn’t spend a lot time in Pennsylvania, however I made it some extent to go to the state to take the boys to Hershey Park. Hershey Park is an amusement park named after the chocolate firm. I visited Hershey Park every year rising up, so it was essential for me to let my boys expertise it as nicely.

In case you’re a fan of amusement parks, it’s a must-visit. Along with the amusement park, you may as well go to Chocolate World and take a tour to learn the way Hershey makes its chocolate. And on the finish, you get a free sweet bar.

9. South Carolina

South Carolina is the place we lived earlier than we “launched.” I spent ten years in South Carolina, and it’s the place I met my spouse and the place my children had been born. It would at all times be particular to me, nevertheless it wasn’t the place we had been meant to spend the remainder of our lives.

Port Royal, SC, was certainly one of our first stops after we began touring. It’s a stunning little seashore city the place all people is aware of all people. In case you’re ever in Port Royal, cease by the Zen Den to see “Mamma Bear.” You received’t remorse it.

10. North Carolina

North Carolina is the place my spouse was born and raised. We visited her mother in Ocean Isle Seashore and frolicked together with her brother in Stone Mountain. In case you’re ever close to Roaring Hole, NC, it’s a must to take a look at Stone Mountain State Park. They’ve some glorious trails with unbeatable views, and you’ll be taught some historical past of the realm.

We additionally spent a while close to Emerald Isle Seashore, one other quaint little seashore city. In case you’re ever within the space, take a look at Sundown Slush.

11. Maryland

Maryland is the place I used to be born and raised. I grew up proper subsequent to the Appalachian Path and Antietam Battlefield, so it was good taking the boys out on a few of these trails and instructing them a few of the historical past of the realm.

In case you’re ever out close to the Antietam Battlefield in MD, be sure you hike as much as Weverton Cliffs for a unbelievable view of the Appalachian Mountains and the Potomac River.

And whereas it’s not in MD, cross the border into West Virginia to spend a while in Harpers Ferry.

12. Virginia

We handed by means of Virgina twice. The primary time, we spent a while at Ridge Valley Alpacas. The boys completely cherished hanging out with the Alpacas, and the house owners of the farm had been nice. 

The second time we had been in VA, we caught COVID. After dodging it for 2 years, it lastly caught as much as us. All of us felt like loss of life, and our recollections of VA are tainted by COVID. Luckily, all of us made a full restoration and stored touring.

13. Ohio 

Ohio was enjoyable for us as a result of we visited buddies we hadn’t seen shortly. We had been solely within the state for a number of days, however seeing some previous faces on the street was very nice. We did take the boys to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio. Out of all 28 states, Boonshoft was by far our favourite museum. There was a lot for the boys to do, they by no means obtained bored, and so they wished to remain longer.

In case you’ve obtained children, you want to go to the Boonshoft Museum.

14. Mississippi

Talking of museums, Mississippi had our second and third favourite museums we’ve visited thus far. We took the boys to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Pure Science. Each are in Jackson, MS, and each are value a visit in case you’re ever within the space.

15. Indiana 

Admittedly, we didn’t do a lot in Indiana. The campground we parked in was among the best we’ve stayed at, so we didn’t wander too far off. It was a kind of stops the place we simply wanted to relaxation and recharge. The campground had a pleasant playground for the boys, loads of locations to take a pleasant stroll, and an enormous pond to observe the geese and geese.

We did get out a number of instances, although, and stopped by the Walnut Road Selection Store. It’s an eclectic little retailer with one thing for everybody, and it’s positively value stopping by in case you’re within the space.

16. Nevada

We boondocked in Nevada on our approach to the Pacific Northwest. Boondocking will be irritating, however when you get the hold of it, it affords a lot peace and leisure away from the world. We stayed on the Water Canyon Recreation Space and loved a while in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the “actual world.”

Nonetheless, as you’ll be able to inform from the image, we needed to take care of some smoke from the wildfires within the space. That’s at all times one thing to be aware of when touring within the West at the moment of yr.

17. Iowa

Iowa was one other spot the place we Boondocked away from all of it and didn’t do a lot within the outdoors world. Even when we wished to get out and discover the realm, there wasn’t a lot to do.

So we settled in on the Waubonsie Campground for a number of nights and obtained some work completed. We additionally made a number of new buddies, as you’ll be able to see within the image.

18. Missouri

Missouri was a one-night stop-through. At this level, we had been shortly heading again throughout the nation and wanted a spot to spend the night time. We ended up at Montauk State Park. In case you prefer to fish, this State Park is for you. It’s in a gorgeous, distant location, and it’s a trout fishing hotspot.

19. Colorado 

We didn’t spend practically as a lot time in Colorado as I’d’ve favored to. Typically, issues simply don’t work out the way you’d like them to. However, we did get an opportunity to go to a pleasant small city with superb mountain views. We stayed in a Hip Camp in Colorado, the one time we used that service, nevertheless it was nicely value it.

Nonetheless, we initially changed into the fallacious driveway and had been met with a warning shot. We circled actually shortly and obtained out of there! We’ll always remember the time our GPS virtually obtained us shot!

20. Alabama

The campground we visited in Alabama was very nice. It had a pleasant pool, clubhouse, and an honest laundry room (laundry is important!). Nonetheless, there actually wasn’t anything round. We had been 20-Half-hour from a tiny city after which about one other 20-30 to get to any main conveniences. This was one other state we simply took a while to loosen up and revel in being disconnected.

The image above is our previous camper and truck earlier than catastrophe struck in our least favourite state (preserve studying to seek out out what occurred!)

21. Georgia

We discovered each of our tenting spots in Georgia on Boondockers Welcome. The primary spot we stayed at was owned by the nicest household we’ve encountered on the street. They handled us like we had been a part of the household and even invited us to a cookout at their dwelling. It actually was a good time, and we are going to without end cherish the recollections we made there.

Our second spot was….completely different. Let’s name it Farmer Joe’s. Farmer Joe’s was a farm with donkeys and horses that will stroll proper as much as your camper. The boys cherished it. There have been additionally chickens, geese, and goats (we obtained to carry a child!) It was superb being surrounded by cattle in each path.

However, there have been some unusual vibes at this place. It sort of felt like a cult. Folks we had been by no means launched to would simply pop up, engaged on the farm. They wouldn’t converse to us. They had been simply there, working. It was odd, however we now have some unimaginable recollections of using horses and feeding donkeys.

22. Kentucky 

We drove by means of some lovely spots in Kentucky. We additionally drove by means of Louisville the weekend of the Kentucky Derby, which wasn’t very sensible on our half. Pulling a 36-foot journey trailer by means of dense metropolis visitors isn’t enjoyable.

Nonetheless, we had been solely in Kentucky for one night time and slept in a relaxation space. Typically, that’s life on the street. One night time, you’re on the facet of a gorgeous mountain, and the subsequent night time, you’re parked subsequent to an 18-wheeler in a relaxation space.

23. Lousiana 

Identical to Kentucky, our journey to Louisiana wasn’t very thrilling. Whereas we drove by means of some lovely locations, we didn’t camp anyplace spectacular. Except you depend the car parking zone of a Cracker Barrel spectacular.

In case you don’t know Cracker Barrel, it’s an old-style diner serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every restaurant options distinctive native finds that mirror the neighborhood’s historical past, so you’ll be able to be taught concerning the space you’re in when you dine. We had an incredible breakfast earlier than we hit the street once more.

24. Arizona 

Arizona is scorching. There are some lovely locations in Arizona, however it’s scorching. We stayed at a pleasant campground with a river flowing by means of it, and I spent a number of time hanging on the market with the boys. We additionally went on a very nice hike on the Cliffrose Path close by.

One other time we had been in Arizona, we Bondocked subsequent to massive cacti close to Saguaro Nationwide Park. We don’t have cacti like that on the East Coast, in order that was an incredible expertise. The go to to Saguaro Nationwide Park can be nicely definitely worth the go to.

We might later discover out that our canine obtained parvo that almost killed him after we had been in AZ, and that sort of soured us on the state. Nobody ever informed us about parvo on the East Coast, so in case you’re heading to the southwest, make sure your canines are updated on their parvo vaccine.

25. Idaho

Idaho was an journey for the entire fallacious causes. We deliberate to remain on the Frank C. Jones entry space for the night time, however issues didn’t fairly work out as anticipated. The campground was smaller than it regarded within the photos, so I went out on foot to test it out earlier than we pulled in, and I used to be positive we’d be high quality.

We weren’t.

I pulled the camper down the twisty, slim driveway to the spot the place we had been going to camp for the night time, however we had been too lengthy to show round to get into the spot. 

The world was too slim for our lengthy truck and camper to show round, leaving us with one alternative – again the truck and camper up the slim, steep, curvy driveway.

It was irritating and examined my driving expertise, however we made it out with out getting caught or damaging the truck or camper. After that, we went again to a relaxation space we handed a number of miles down the street and stayed there for the night time.

26. Nebraska

I used to be excited after we pulled into the campground in Nebraska. It was a boondocking spot, and the place was virtually empty. We discovered a HUGE spot proper on the river. It was excellent.

For an evening.

The subsequent day, a tent camper selected the spot proper subsequent to us (regardless that your complete park was open), however we didn’t assume something of it. We’ve found in our travels that some folks similar to to be near different folks.

Nonetheless, one morning, I regarded out at our generator, and there was a cellphone and a cellphone charger plugged into it, however they weren’t ours.

Our neighbor, who we later came upon was homeless, helped himself to our generator with out ever talking to us. I spoke to the man, and he turned out to be innocent, however he utterly destroyed our peace and quiet.

We let him cost his stuff on our generator, however we left a few days sooner than we had deliberate. We at all times err on the facet of warning due to our boys.

27. Wyoming

We didn’t take pleasure in Wyoming. Wyoming was speculated to be a fast stopover for one night time, nevertheless it changed into our second most irritating cease (our most irritating cease is subsequent). Driving down the interstate to our boondocking spot, my spouse instantly seen the camper was sitting erratically.

I pulled over to verify issues out, and after a fast inspection, we seen that certainly one of our leaf springs snapped proper in half. All issues thought-about, we had been extraordinarily fortunate. When the leaf spring broke, it wedged itself within the undercarriage of the camper. If that didn’t occur, we might’ve misplaced management of the camper, and it might’ve led to catastrophe. It’s one of many some ways by which street journeys will be harmful.

We had been solely a mile away from our boondocking spot, so we slowly pulled the camper there and parked. We tried fixing the leaf spring ourselves, however we couldn’t get a corroded screw out. We referred to as round to some mechanics, however in such a small city, there weren’t a number of choices, and those that had been accessible had been charging astronomical costs. 

We didn’t have a ton of cash to spend on the restore, so we tried to repair it once more ourselves till we had been referred by an area campground to a cell RV mechanic who occurred to be staying within the space on the time.

Once they came upon what occurred, they mounted the leaf spring freed from cost. They had been superb folks, they even gave the boys free hats. We shall be without end grateful to them, and I’ll at all times pay their generosity ahead.

28. Texas

Every little thing is greater in Texas, together with the disasters. At one time limit, Texas was on our brief record of states we would calm down in after we stopped touring. However now it’s ranked because the worst state we visited.

And, in Texas’s protection, it’s primarily attributable to horrible luck.

It began on our approach to the 7IL Ranch when our truck began breaking down. I misplaced energy steering on the way in which to the ranch, however we nonetheless made it. Nonetheless, whereas attempting to again into our spot, I noticed I couldn’t flip the truck sharply sufficient and hit a tree.

I left an enormous gap within the roof that we needed to cowl with a tarp whereas we waited 4 days for an insurance coverage adjuster to indicate up. And this was within the useless of summer season, so it obtained HOT in that camper.

When the insurance coverage adjuster lastly confirmed up, he stated the camper, our home, was totaled. Now we’re homeless with nowhere to go. Luckily, insurance coverage paid for a resort whereas we figured issues out. We ended up within the resort for every week with the whole lot we owned in a Uhaul trailer within the car parking zone.

We didn’t know what would occur, and we had been ready to finish up crashing at certainly one of our father or mother’s homes till we figured issues out.

However, on my birthday, we had been fortunate sufficient to finance a model new camper, and after unloading the Uhaul and getting all of our stuff into the camper, we had been again on the street.

However the ‘enjoyable’ didn’t cease there. After a few week within the new camper, my spouse totaled our pickup truck. Luckily, everybody was okay, nevertheless it actually shook up my spouse, and we had been left with out a approach to pull our camper.

Now, similar to we had to determine the way to get a brand new camper, we had to determine the way to get a brand new truck.

Be mindful we had simply changed our first truck after the incident with the ability steering that led me to complete the primary camper.

So now we’re truck purchasing. It took us a few month to get issues located with insurance coverage after which discover a truck we might afford and use to drag the trailer. We finally did and obtained again on the street, however the whole lot had modified.

We is not going to be again to Texas.

Reflecting on a Journey: 28 States, Infinite Recollections

As our journey throughout 28 states involves a detailed, it’s clear that every place has left its distinctive mark on our household’s story. From the awe-inspiring pure fantastic thing about Oregon to the sudden challenges in Texas, our travels have been a mosaic of experiences, instructing us concerning the variety and richness of the US. 

These rankings are greater than only a record; they’re a tapestry of recollections, classes realized, and the enjoyment of exploration. Whereas some states captured our hearts greater than others, each cease alongside the way in which contributed to our household’s journey, shaping our perspective and enriching our lives.

As we proceed our travels, we supply with us not simply souvenirs, however the invaluable experiences of every state we’ve visited. To fellow vacationers, could your journeys be simply as enriching, and to the states that hosted us, a heartfelt thanks for the recollections that can final a lifetime.

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